Saturday, 21 July 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Croatia prepares for the biggest night in their football history since 1998 and the team are being cheered on by their partners in Moscow.

Adriana Durdevic, the Dubrovnik born model and girlfriend of Croatian player, Duje Ćaleta-Car, has been turning heads in the Russian capital ahead of the clash with England in the semi-finals tonight. The red and white patriotic socks have been grabbing the headlines as well as the comments on social media.

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Camping in Croatia is experiencing a boom year with almost a million campers pitching up so far this year. According to official figures from the Camping Association of Croatia the number of tourists in campsites was up 7 percent in the first half of this year.

By the end of June this year almost a million campers had visited Croatia and achieved 5 million overnight stays, with the largest number coming from Germany followed by Slovenians and Austrians. And the indicators for the rest of the year are just as positive with the Association pointing out that use of mobile homes is one of the main reasons for the increase in popularity.

The largest increase in overnight stays has been seen in the south of the country, in the Split region and in Dubrovnik.

"Over the last ten years we have seen a lot of investments in camps, in expanding the range of services they offer, as well as their quality. In 2008 only 9 percent of all campsites in the country were rated four stars, and today we have 37 percent of four-star and five-star rated campsites," commented the head of the Croatian Camping Association.

Hotel prices in Dubrovnik a little too expensive, never been a fan of camping or Airbnb doesn’t have a spare room, there is a solution – sleep in a dingy.

This photo was sent to us by a reader early this morning and clearly demonstrates that high tides wash lots of unusual objects ashore.

This “floating” camper was spotted at the crack of dawn sound asleep in his rubber dingy. Maybe he is expecting heavy rain and wanted to be prepared for the eventual floods.

The Libertas Flag was raised in front of the St. Blaise Church for the 69th time last night as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival officially opened. From the 10th of July to the 25th of August Dubrovnik is in the hands of art and artists as the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival fills the squares, the streets and the stone facades with culture from all over the world.

The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, opened the festival, “The city must first be the place of life, work, gathering and development of its citizens. If the city is tailored to its inhabitants, it will be more appealing to our guests and visitors alike. As a mayor, I will therefore continue to restore Dubrovnik to its citizens, to restore our young people to the city, to create a frame for a pleasant and fulfilled life, accompanied by quality infrastructure. We in our city know best what we need, what our problems are and how we want them and we can solve them.”

And added “In this respect, art is an indispensable part of a society's development. Technology and art today, almost partners, share the same fateful space of man's civilization development. Therefore, let us open, change, adapt to the times, be courageous, moderate and wise.”

After the raising of the Libertas flag, up until 25 August, 20 site-specific locations of Dubrovnik become a place of encounter of approximately 2,000 artists from all over the world with domestic and international audience of around 60,000 visitors.

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The squares and public spaces will be packed tonight with the sights and sounds of the 2018 World Cup as Croatia take on England in the semi-finals.

And following the news that Dubrovnik will have a video wall in the centre of the Old City for the big game comes news that Cavtat will also organise a public broadcast. In the Dr. Frano Tuđman Square in the centre of Cavtat the game will be shown from 8.00pm.

And after the match a huge fireworks display will be held, presumably only if Croatia win.

As part of the regular testing and sampling of the sea water in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County the 118 beaches were checked.

From the 28th of June to the 5th of July the sea water was sampled in the fourth such testing carried out this summer. Out of the 118 beaches tested an impressive 115 passed the test with flying colours and were rated as “excellent.”

The only three beaches not to pass with the highest grade were the Portina beach in Ploce, the Kobas beach in Ston and the Usce beach in Ploce.

The 2018 World Cup semi/final match between Croatia and England will be broadcast live in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The game will be broadcast on a huge video wall on Wednesday the 11th of July starting from 7.30pm.

In co-operation with the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Cinemas and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival a live broadcast of this semi-final clash will be shown at the end of the Stradun on a video wall above the Small Onofrio Fountain.

A great opportunity to catch the atmosphere from Russia in Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Airport greeted its millionth passenger on Saturday the 7th of July a full six days before this mark was marked last year.

In the first six months of this year passenger traffic though the southernmost Croatian airport has increased by a little over 11 percent. In fact, the airport is on course to break the two millionth passenger mark well ahead of last year and 2018 could well be the best ever year for the airport.

To emphasize the giant steps that the airport has made in recent years in 1978 the airport welcomed the millionth passenger on the 7th of November.

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